Green to PRG - Waiting on Special Offers

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Green to PRG - Waiting on Special Offers

Postby Dlk2112 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:59 pm

Hello all,

Long-time lurker but first-time poster here. I've had an Amex Green Card for about 1.5 years now, and I'm looking to upgrade to the Premium Rewards Gold. I'm pre-approved on the website for all of the upgraded charge cards, so the upgrade isn't the issue - my focus is I want to get some kind of bonus when I do it.

Other than simply waiting forever until they send me some offer over email (recently I was offered 25k MR to upgrade to Platinum...not really interested), do I have any other options? Could I call them, express my interest in upgrading, but state I'm not interested in doing so unless there is a promotion available?

Just curious if anyone has managed to do this before, and if so, how. Apologies if a similar thread has already been posted/answered.

Thanks all.


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Postby HookEmHorns » Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:13 pm

Call them and let them know you're interested in upgrading but only with a decent MR point offer. If they deny let them know you'll refrain from upgrading.
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Postby benhollberg » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:07 am

I would call them and say you're interested in upgrading but not all the way to Platinum. Keep in mind you're not very far past the 13 waiting period to upgrade so it may take a little longer for an offer to get you to the PRG.
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Postby Dlk2112 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:32 pm

Great, appreciate your advice. So you think that if I just wait it out, something will eventually come along? I recently got offered 25k MR to upgrade to Platinum.

It's not an issue of time. As long as they send me something eventually, I'm fine with that.

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Postby alb3rt018 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:30 pm

For me is not worth it $475 annual fee im staying with my gold
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Postby tigerowl06 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:39 pm

alb3rt018 wrote:For me is not worth it $475 annual fee im staying with my gold


Amex needs to do something cool with their charge card lineup. Green needs a lower AF. Don't see much point in the regular gold. Platinum needs better club access, and I would say exclusive access to less expensive first-class tickets or something. Poor club access + bad mileage plan transfer options = no good.
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Postby Dlk2112 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:43 pm

I love my Green to death, but it's hard to resist the beckoning of Chase's Sapphire Preferred.

That said, the most valuable thing to me about Amex's charge cards is that they're just that - charge cards. I'm a student and always pay my balance in full no matter what, but I love putting everything I buy onto my Amex and never worrying about utilization % or anything like that. I do agree that they need to shake things up in their lineup though.

Amex is not a dumb company. I'm sure they have a refresh in the works...one is admittedly overdue.

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Postby rockyrock » Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:30 pm

I used to do very well with this strategy. Back in the day when I put EVERYTHING on my Platinum card I was a little better about keeping track of my spending knowing I would have to PIF every month. Now to maximize points/miles/CB I use 3-4 different cards, all of them revolvers. I still PIF each month but I've noticed I am a spending more knowing if I HAD to I could take two months to pay something off.

Maybe I need to go back to the one charge card strategy for a while to simplify everything.
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Postby Dlk2112 » Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:31 pm

Interesting point, rockyrock. The whole reason I got a charge card was for the simplification - the only other cards I have in my wallet are a BankAmericard Cash Rewards (CL $500...was once a secured card many moons ago, got the deposit back and AF removed but never did a CLI), debit card, IDs, and metrocard. I put 98% of my purchases on my Green card.

It's a lot of fun playing credit card reward arbitrage, and I'm tempted to get into other cards like the Chase Sapphire to get more rewards. But then I remember that a credit card is above all a tool for convenience and I try to think of things in terms of marginal benefit/marginal cost.



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